Edwin Romond is the author of eight collections of poetry and has been awarded writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Councils on the Arts.
Garrison Keillor has twice read Romond’s poetry on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and his memoir, “The Ticket,” appears in Tim Russert’s national bestseller, Wisdom of Our Fathers from Random House. In addition, Romond wrote the book, music, and lyrics for two musical plays, A Family Life and Robin Hood that were produced at New Jersey community theaters. His first short story was recently published in Spitball Magazine.
He is the recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Poetry Prize for his poem, “Champion” and is a 2017 Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee for his poem, “The Naming of Birds.”
Edwin Romond was a public school teacher for 32 years at Jerstead-Agerholm Junior High School in Racine, Wisconsin and at Metuchen High School, Thorne Middle School, Port Monmouth, and Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington in New Jersey before retiring in 2003. Romond now works in the poetry program of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation leading Spring and Fountain workshops for New Jersey teachers and hosting events at their bi-annual poetry festivals in Newark, NJ.
A native of Woodbridge, NJ, he lives in Wind Gap, PA with his wife, Mary, and their son, Liam.